ASCB offers funding of up to $35K for science outreach projects

It’s vitally important for scientists to engage in public outreach, and the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is delighted to be able to offer its members up to $35,000 to fund bold ideas that engage local communities with the process of science and increase public scientific literacy. The program is supported by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation.

The funding will support salaries, materials and supplies, and marketing for programs that will begin in June 2021 and end by June 2022. The intent is to catalyze pilot projects in the hopes that they will become competitive for even more substantial funding in the future. The deadline to apply for the next round of funding is March 31, 2021.

For tips and guidance,  register for ASCB’s webinar “How to Submit a Successful Public Engagement Grant Application,” February 18 at 2 pm ET.

“In today’s world it is essential to be able to understand and make informed decisions about scientific and medical issues,” said ASCB’s CEO Erika Shugart. “That’s why we are making these ASCB Public Engagement Grants available to our members who have creative ideas about how to engage their audiences in experiences that increase appreciation and knowledge about science. Through this funding and mentoring support, ASCB hopes to ensure that scientists have the opportunity to make a difference in their community. ”

The grant can provide a boost for scientists looking for a way to transition into a career in scientific outreach or those seeking to expand upon what they already do. The program supports awardees with mentoring, evaluation, feedback, and networking throughout the grant period.

Applicants must be or must become a member of ASCB. A full description of the program and detailed information about how to apply can be found at

About the Author:

Thea Clarke is the Director of Communications and Education at the American Society for Cell Biology.